Coronavirus: 8 infected Indians onboard Japanese cruise ship stable

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New Delhi (NVI): Eight Indian passengers on board Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess, who were tested positive for the novel coronavirus are undergoing treatment and their condition is stable now, the Indian Embassy in Japan said today.

The foreign office also mentioned that no additional Indian national has been diagnosed with COVID-19 since yesterday.

“As of 1400 JST today, NO additional Indian national on #DiamondPrincess tested positive for #COVID19 since yesterday. @IndianEmbTokyo working with Japanese authorities and ship company for safe return of Indians. Conditions of 8 Indians receiving treatment are improving @MEAIndia,” the Embassy tweeted today.

The eight Indian nationals who were crew members onboard Diamond Princess cruise are receiving treatment in hospitals in Japan, after testing positive for the virus over last few days. The Indian Embassy is working with Japanese authorities and ship company for safe return of Indians.

External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also mentioned about the eight infected Indians on board the Japanese cruise that was quarantined off the coast of Japan.

The last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticised quarantine of the vessel ended.

Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said that the mass disembarkation into Japan of passengers from the ship is set to end, while dozens of foreign passengers are flying back to their home countries on flights chartered by their governments.

Meanwhile, China had 118 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak by the end of Thursday, the national health commission reported, pushing the number of deaths nationwide to at least 2,236.

At least 631 of the new cases were from the epicentre of the epidemic in Hubei, including 220 cases from the province’s prison system. Most of the latest deaths were also from the province.

The latest number of infections nationwide has now reached 75,685.

South Korea has also reported additional 48 cases of a new virus, raising its total number of infected people to 204.